SVP - East, Food Services & Hospitality


Chris Nelson detail

Chris is a top-performing hospitality executive with deep industry experience leading multiple lines of business— education, sports and convention centers with sustained and measurable success. Prior to Spectra, Chris served as Executive Vice President of AVI Foodsystems for their Education and Leisure & Entertainment divisions, which drove over $200 million in revenue.

Within the Leisure & Entertainment Division, he oversaw athletic and convention center contracts. His background also includes various leadership positions with Compass Group North America’s Chartwells Educational Dining Service and with Sodexo-run venues, such as Southeast Missouri State University and University of Illinois at Chicago.

Chris oversees Spectra’s food-related operations in the East to optimize results, pursue operational excellence, drive best-in-class guest services, and build long-term relationships with clients and employees.